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Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger looks like new man after cleaning up scraggly beard, hair

Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger is looking like a new man.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback was looking out of control with a massive beard and long hair back in March. He said he wasn’t going to shave and clean up until he was able to throw a ball again. Well, he took care of that part in May and even got his barber in trouble during the process.

Now, Roethlisberger is completely cleaned up and looking sharp. The Steelers shared a photo on Twitter Wednesday of how Roethlisberger looked for team photos:

Hair cut, beard trimmed, and now he’s slinging footballs around despite having tendons tear from the bone in his elbow.

Roethlisberger missed almost the entire 2019 season after hurting his elbow. In 2018, the 38-year-old threw for 5,129 yards and 34 touchdowns. He and the Steelers are hoping he can return to his 2018 form this season.

Ben Roethlisberger shares nasty details of his elbow injury

Ben Roethlisberger has been throwing at practice with the Pittsburgh Steelers and appears to be on track to play in Week 1. Some details he shared on Tuesday about his elbow injury give us a better idea of how impressive that is.

Roethlisberger told reporters he tore three tendons off the bone in his throwing elbow. The injury was similar to the one that requires Tommy John surgery, and he does not believe any quarterback has ever come back from it.

Despite the severity of the injury, Roethlisberger said his arm “feels great” even after all the throws he has made recently.

The Steelers shared a video of Roethlisberger throwing a pass at practice on Monday, and the 38-year-old did not appear to be limited in any way. Teammates have also raved about the work he has put in while rehabbing from the elbow surgery, which is a positive sign.

Roethlisberger missed almost the entire 2019 season after hurting his elbow, but he threw for 5,129 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2018. If he is truly 100 percent healthy, he should still be able to play at a high level.

Video: Ben Roethlisberger looks healthy throwing passes at camp

Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger missed the majority of the 2019 season with an elbow injury, but all signs continue to point to the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback being ready to play in Week 1.

Roethlisberger made some throws at Steelers training camp on Monday, and the team shared an encouraging video on Twitter. The clip showed Roethlisberger uncorking a pass on the run. He did not appear to be limited in any way.

There was some talk that Roethlisberger could retire after he was shut down last season, but he never put that option on the table — at least publicly. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said roughly a month ago that he has been encouraged by everything he has seen from Big Ben this offseason, and now we can see why.

Roethlisberger is just two years removed from throwing for 5,129 passing yards and 34 touchdowns, so he should still be capable of playing at a high level again if his elbow cooperates. Steelers players have been raving about the work Big Ben has put in, and it certainly appears he has been fully committed to his rehab.

Jerome Bettis was ‘shocked’ about Ben Roethlisberger’s addiction admission

Ben Roethlisberger

Jerome Bettis admits he was “shocked” to hear Ben Roethlisberger admit to past addiction.

Bettis, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015, was teammates with Roethlisberger on the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2004-2005. The two won a Super Bowl together in 2005, which was Bettis’ last season before retirement, and Roethlisberger’s second as a pro.

During an interview with “Tiki and Tierney on CBS Sports Network/ CBS Sports Radio“, Bettis talked about Big Ben’s admission.

“I was shocked. I didn’t know anything about it. I never really saw it. From an alcohol perspective, I never saw him get pissy or drunk. It was a surprise to me, but he’s human. That just shows that he’s human like all the rest of us. We’re all flawed in our own way. He has been man enough to show that,” Bettis said.

Roethlisberger spoke in a virtual, religious-oriented talk put on by Mike Tomlin for Father’s Day. In the talk, Roethlisberger opened up about his past alcohol addiction.

Roethlisberger did not specify any time frame for his addictions, nor did he discuss the how badly it may have affected him. The depths of his addiction were not the focus of the talk so much as preaching the values of family, faith, and fatherhood. It’s possible he might have even exaggerated so much for the purpose of relating to those on the call.

On a football note, Bettis did say he believes the Steelers can be a “dominant” team this season. The former running back believes if Roethlisberger can return to even 75 percent of his previous ability from his arm surgery, Pittsburgh will be in good shape.

“It is a tough injury, but if he can come back and be 75 percent of the player he was – you need a veteran guy who can manage the game,” Bettis said. “If he can throw it 20 to 30 yards, you don’t need the deep balls all the time. They’re going to be able to run the football. You still got a really good offensive line. If you just get 75 percent of what Ben was, I think you’re going to have a highly functional offense with threats all over the football field.”

I’m skeptical of the Steelers being able to beat the best teams in the league with Roethlisberger only at 75 percent, but they would be better off with Big Ben at 75 percent than they would with Mason Rudolph or Duck Hodges at full strength.

Ben Roethlisberger opens up about past addictions in Father’s Day talk

Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger opened up about some of his past addictions during a virtual, religious-oriented talk put on by his Pittsburgh Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin in connection with a charity.

Every year, Tomlin teams with Urban Impact for an event on Father’s Day called “ManUp Pittsburgh” that aims to teach “men to be godly leaders for their families, and raises awareness of the devastating impact of fatherlessness among youth today.”

Roethlisberger talked about how he has become more religious in recent years, even getting baptized three years ago to affirm his childhood baptism. He also talked about the difficulties of fighting off vices, according to ESPN’s Brooke Pryor.

“People don’t realize all the time that us athletes, we’re human. We sin like everybody else. I am no different. We make mistakes. We get addicted to things. We sin. We’re human. I think sometimes we get put on this pedestal where we can’t make mistakes. I’ve fallen as short as anybody. I’ve been addicted to alcohol. I’ve been addicted to pornography, which makes me then not the best husband, not the best father, not the best Christian I can be,” Roethlisberger acknowledged, via Pryor. “But you have to dedicate yourself and understand that you can get out of it because of the grace of God and him saying, ‘Listen, you’re good enough for me the way you are. You don’t have to be perfect.'”

Roethlisberger shared the message with the audience that Christianity is cool and that one can be both a good Christian and a good athlete at the same time.

The 38-year-old Steelers quarterback faced two sexual assault allegations early in his career and was suspended for part of the 2010 season as a result. These were the details from the 2010 accusation.

Roethlisberger got married in 2011, finished his college degree a year later, and now has three children with his wife. He has not had any reported legal issues since the 2009 and 2010 allegations.

Mike Tomlin provides update on Ben Roethlisberger’s elbow injury rehab

Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger has spent the better part of the last year rehabbing from an elbow injury that sidelined him early on last season, and all indications have been that he will be ready to play in Week 1. On Tuesday, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin provided yet another encouraging update.

Tomlin told reporters Roethlisberger is “comfortable” with where he’s at in his recovery and those who have worked with the 38-year-old are “impressed and pleased.” Tomlin also said Big Ben has gotten positive feedback from medical experts.

One Steelers player recently raved about the work Roethlisberger has been putting in, so there has definitely been a positive feeling surrounding the quarterback’s rehab. Roethlisberger also hyped his teammates up with a comeback video he posted last month.

Some initially wondered if Roethlisberger would retire after the elbow injury, but he never put that option on the table — at least publicly. The Steelers have a solid defense, and Big Ben is just two years removed from throwing for 5,129 passing yards and 34 touchdowns. If he’s fully healthy to start the year, Pittsburgh could fly under the radar as one of the better teams in the AFC.

Steelers RB James Conner says Ben Roethlisberger ‘looks great’

Ben Roethlisberger

Many have been wondering how Ben Roethlisberger will look this season after missing most of last season due to elbow surgery. One teammate says things are looking good so far.

Steelers running back James Conner was a guest on ESPN’s “NFL Live” Monday and raved about his quarterback.

“He looks great, the ball was whistling,” Conner said of Roethlisberger. “He’s confident. He works so hard to get back to where he’s playing confident. We’re just excited for him. That’s our guy. We’re just so thankful that we’ve got our quarterback. He has Super Bowl rings and that’s what we all want to do. He leads by example going out and organizing things. It’s been awesome to be back there with him.”

Conner also described Roethlisberger as a “winner” and said the Pittsburgh quarterback is focused on winning another Super Bowl.

“Every day that we’re around him, that we’re together, it just comes off that he’s a winner,” Conner said. “He wants another (Super Bowl ring), bad, before whenever he decides to hang it up. I hope it’s not for a while. He wants another one and I want to get one, too. That’s all that we talk about. That’s the only goal.”

Roethlisberger is 38 and under contract through 2021. Time is running out on him to win another Super Bowl before it might be time to retire. And coming off the arm injury, there is even more pressure for him to show he still has it.

Pittsburgh has one of the better defenses in the league and needs an offense to match. When he was healthy in 2018, Roethlisberger set career-high marks with 5,129 passing yards and 34 touchdown passes. He won Super Bowls with the Steelers in the 2005 and 2008 seasons.